washingtonpost.com – Every year around holiday time, there’s an influx of articles about how to stick to your healthy eating goals and resist temptation. You may read about how to say no to second helpings, stop gobbling up fat-laden appetizers or alternate alcoholic drinks with sparkling water to combat calories.
That advice is practical, but it focuses too much on what not to do. It could end up making you feel guilty if you break the rules and decide to — gasp — indulge and enjoy yourself. So, this year, let’s try something new. Instead of stress, pressure and guilt associated with family dinners and holiday get-togethers, let’s create a new narrative that will empower you to feel good about yourself and your food choices. Share these ideas to spread holiday cheer and remove diet stigma for you and your loved ones.
Here are nine things to tell yourself this year so you can enjoy family, friends and food.
1.I deserve to enjoy holiday meals without guilt. Yep, it’s just food. You deserve to take pleasure in it. Food is part of traditions and memories, so sample your favorite cookies or mashed potatoes and take time to really enjoy every bite of a reasonable portion. Focus on how your food smells, looks and tastes without distractions. This is called mindful eating, and it’s about fully enjoying what you eat without regret or shame.
Now this is the kind of positive reinforcement I can def get behind!